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Prevent teacher burnout with this wellbeing intervention

Everyone knows teachers are at risk of burnout, but well-meaning interventions aren’t always thought through. So use a framework such as ‘wish, outcome, obstacle, plan’ to support the mental health of staff, urges school counsellor Mark Samways

Can this wellbeing initiative help teacher stress?

That teaching is a stressful profession should come as no surprise to anyone. A series of reports over the past five years have all found the same thing: high levels of occupational stress and burnout.

According to the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach and Jackson, 1986), “burnout” is characterised by three symptoms: emotional exhaustion, conceived as the feeling of being physically and emotionally over-extended; depersonalisation, defined in teaching as a distant attitude toward students; and a loss of self-confidence and lack of personal accomplishment.

So, what are we going to do about ...

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